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A blog for Chicago Master Gardeners providing information on volunteer opportunities, training, workshops and resources.
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Chicago Master Gardeners/Composters Honors Night

Posted by Ron Wolford -

On Tuesday, November 18 the Chicago Master Gardeners/Composters held their annual Honors Night at Garfield Park Conservatory. Master Gardeners took a few moments to honor Elizabeth Bruhns. Master Gardener Luis Galvez and his group provided a musical tribute to Elizabeth. Master Gardeners were honored for 100, 200 and 300 hours of service. Years of service pins were also given f...

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Gentle Reminder: Volunteer Hours Due-December 15

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good morning Chicago Master Gardeners, Congratulations! We just surpassed the 10,000 volunteer hours mark, 10,738 volunteer hours reporte d! If you have not reported all of your hours, please do so as soon as possible. Contact Sue Gasper or Nancy Kreith if you need help. Sue Gasper: smgasper@illinois.edu...

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Volunteer Opportunity-Mid-America Horticultural Trade Show

Posted by Ron Wolford -

MELA (the Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association )- http://www.melaweb.org - is in need of volunteers to help staff its informational booth at next month's Mid-America Horticultural Trade Show ( http://www.midam.org ). Volunteers will distribute information and answer que...

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Gentle Reminder: Volunteer Hours in Database by December 15

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good morning Chicago Master Gardeners, As Elizabeth would say, this is a gentle reminder that your hours for 2008 need to be entered into the database by December 15, 2008. For the most part, our staff will be in the office during the week of December 8 and can assist you with database entries. The 2008 Interns have until April of 2009 to complete their hours. Still, we would l...

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December and January Monthly Meetings

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Just a note to remind you that we will not have a December Chicago Master Gardener Monthly meeting. At the January 27 Chicago Master Gardener Monthly meeting at Garfield Park Conservatory, Nancy Pollard, Horticulture Educator will be explaining how to more efficiently and accurately use the University of Illinois Home,...

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Replacement Master Gardener Badges

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Just a note to email me by January 10 if you need a replacement Master Gardener badge. Please indicate how you want your name to appear on the badge. The badge will cost $6.00. Please send a check made out to the University of Illinois to my mailing address: Ron Wolford University of Illinois Extension 3807 West 111th Street Chicago, Il...

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Sustainabilty: News, Resources and Grants

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Sustainable Cities News & Updates December 1, 2008 This resource is provided by the Office of Lt. Governor Pat Quinn to Illinois elected officials, municipalities, counties, organizations, and individuals interested in pursuing sustainability in their communities. For more information on sustainability resources, please visit the Lt. Governor's website...

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Master Gardener Hours Due-December 15

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hello Master Gardeners, Please be reminded that your hours for 2008 need to be entered into the database by December 15, 2008. For the most part, our staff will be in the office during the week of December 8 and can assist you with database entries. The 2008 Interns have until April of 2009 to complete their hours. Still, we would love to include your 2008 hour...

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Garden Gift Ideas Can Help the Home Environment

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Gifts that help protect the environment, add to the home landscape's beauty and create a fun project can be great ideas for gardeners. Some such gifts could include rain barrels; supplies and materials to plant a rain garden; and resource manuals to plan for the projects. More homeowners are becoming interested in adding native plants to their landscape. Most typical new housing develo...

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Cont. Ed. Op. Herb Day-January 17-Urbana

Posted by Ron Wolford -

URBANA – Herbal experts from around the country will present five educational sessions designed to provide information and inspiration about herb gardening. The event will be held on Saturday, January 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Cente...

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